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Above Knowledge

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by Bryan Costales

A window was located inside the "Knowledge Is Golden" Mural by 1AM Studio. It was ajar, letting fresh air in over thinly painted knowledge.

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Out Of Steam

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by Bryan Costales

A homeless person ran out of steam and became cold, so he laid down on a steam vent to warm up. Apparently the steam warmed him so well, he fell asleep.

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A Film

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by Bryan Costales

A short film showing some of the highlights of the 2019 San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade. This film was shot at the corner of Kearny and California Streets.

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Pink Peace

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by Bryan Costales

Pink peace symbol glasses were worn by a woman marching in the 2011 San Francisco Saint Stupid's Day Parade.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis )

(198 views)
by Terry Costales

The fisherman hadn't noticed that a pelican had just landed next to him on the pier.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

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by Terry Costales

The pelican glides effortlessly over the surface of the sea.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus)

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by Terry Costales

Pelican posed aboard an old fishing boat.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

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by Terry Costales

It was beautiful day in Santa Cruz and I had been photographing the sea lions when this pelican landed a few feet away on the pier railing. If there was ever a compelling visual argument for birds being the modern descendants of dinosaurs, it's the pelican. I could easily imagine them flying just out of reach above the snapping jaws of some aquatic sea monster.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

(196 views)
by Terry Costales

Here is a view of a pelican you don't usually see. A head on view of its enormous bill.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus)

(196 views)
by Terry Costales

A large group of pelicans were perched on the fish processing equipment.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

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by Terry Costales

A flock of pelicans flying in typical formation with Anacapa island in the background.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis )

(196 views)
by Terry Costales

It surprises me that a big bird like a Pelican can fly so effortlessly.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

(192 views)
by Terry Costales

Prehistoric looking pelicans sun and preen in the winter sun.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus)

(192 views)
by Terry Costales

These two pelicans were one pair of dozens loitering around the marina, all waiting for a fishy opportunity. The one on the left was an immature bird which had not grown into its adult plumage.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis )

(190 views)
by Terry Costales

This is a close-up of the same Pelican I posted yesterday,

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Macaws

(190 views)
by Terry Costales

Two Macaws preening one another. A very intimate, gentle moment in a birds' life.

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Green-winged Macaw (Ara chloropterus)

(180 views)
by Terry Costales

The Green-winged Macaw goes by many names: Greenwing Macaw, Red and Green Macaw and Green Wing Macaw. They are one of the largest and gentlest of all the Macaws.

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Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus)

(178 views)
by Terry Costales

The Spectacled Bear is the only bear that comes from South America. I hope this unique and beautiful endangered bear survives.

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Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

This photo shows a sea lion swimming in the late afternoon sunlight beneath the wharf in Santa Cruz. Lovely light on a lovely animal.

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Raft of Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

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by Terry Costales

For an unforgettable wildlife experience, I highly recommend the Elkhorn Slough Safari in Moss Landing. We saw over one hundred sea otters, almost eighty harbor seals and dozens of sea lions very up close and personal. This photo shows a raft of about eighty sea otters. Raft is the official label for a bunch of otters hanging out together, looking like a raft. In addition to sea mammals, I also photographed sixteen species of birds. The trip was two hours of wildlife bliss. There were a few . . .

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Blue-and-Gold Macaw (Ara ararauna)

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by Terry Costales

A loud, large, parrot looking quite handsome.

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Snowy Egret and Great Egret

(174 views)
by Terry Costales

The larger Great Egret was stalked by the smaller Snowy Egret.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

(172 views)
by Terry Costales

I know they are wild animals with big teeth and claws but jeez, don't they look cuddly?!

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Great Egret (Ardea alba)

(172 views)
by Terry Costales

A great egret at the edge of the bay looking for food. It is a very graceful bird whether walking or flying.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

(170 views)
by Terry Costales

A very pregnant Harbor Seal looking quite pleased with herself.

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